Viterbo investigating hate-filled message left on LGBTQ student’s door

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Viterbo University is again investigating a hate-filled message that was left on the door of a student who is part of a marginalized community. This time it was left on a LGBTQ student’s door.

Viterbo Executive Vice President for Student Success Rick Trietly confirmed Tuesday that the threatening, derogatory message targeted the student.

“Out of respect for the student’s wishes, the protection of the targeted student’s identity, and the integrity of the investigation, we must limit specific information regarding the incident at this time. This act is totally unacceptable and detrimental to our university values, identity, and mission. Actions, beliefs, and statements that devalue, disrespect, and harm others have no place in our community,” Trietly said.

Trietly said the perpetrators are subject to “the full spectrum of sanctions in the Student Code of Conduct up to and including expulsion.”

He added that, “Viterbo University stands in unity and support for the members of our LGBTQA+ community and firmly denounces all forms of discrimination, bigotry, prejudice, and hatred. Hate will never have a place at Viterbo University.”

The incident comes less than two weeks after another message targeted a Black student. Students organized a rally in support of the student and the school canceled classes so students and staff could attend.